All the fun of the farm!
IT'S one of the animals Australia's regions have been built on, but many Ipswich kids raised in the suburbs can't recognise a calf.
So the smile children get from their first meeting with a farm animal is one of the pleasures of the job for Jules Colgan, co-owner of Farm Fun at Rosewood.
Through Farm Fun Mrs Colgan takes farm animals, including pigs, cattle, goats and chickens to parties or events.
"There are so many kids who've never even seen some of these animals," she said. "They'll look at your and say 'What's that?' and you'll tell them 'That's a cow'."
Mrs Colgan said the kids' first realisation the animals is one of the highlights for her and the children's parents.
"There's that look on their faces when they first see the animals or first get to touch and play with them is just amazing.
"They just light up."
While the farm, on the Ipswich-Rosewood Rd, has been in Jules' family for generations, the farm visits and open days have only started this year.
"We've been doing the travelling shows and nurseries for about eight months now and having people onto the farm for about four months."
The farm is filled with piglets, calves, kids and lambs as well as grown animals including a number of shaggy Scottish Highland cattle that kids can pat, brush and feed. Most of the animals were born on the farm or on nearby properties.
For more information about Farm Fun visit farmfun.com.au.